The average garage door opens and closes over a thousand times per year. Like any complex piece of machinery, your garage door needs routine maintenance to keep it running like new. Performing regular maintenance will let you know of any overlooked issues that require care. Fortunately, easy garage door tune-up requires no particular expertise and takes no more than 30 minutes to complete. You can get any tools and materials you would need for DIY garage door maintenance at home centers and garage door dealers. Here are what you need to do to ensure that your garage door runs smoothly.

Step 1: Test the door balance

Close the door and pull the release cord to disengage the carriage from the chain or belt. Manually open the door, about halfway up. Your door is balanced if it remains in position. It is unbalanced if it does not, and you will need to contact a service professional to fix it. Pull the release cord and move the carriage toward the opener to re-engage it.

Step 2: Test the safety reversal system

With the door fully open, put an item (such as a box or wooden board) at the center of the floor under the garage door opening. Close the door. It must reverse upon contact with the obstruction. If it does not, increase the opener’s down force limit according to the manual and repeat the test. Call for professional garage door service if the door will not reverse after multiple adjustments.

Step 3: Test the photo-eye sensor

The sensors are properly aligned when each light on both units is solid, and flashing or blinking if they are out of alignment. While the door is closing, disrupt the beam between the sensors by waving a mop or broom through it. The door should reverse immediately. If it does not, use a moist cleaning cloth or cotton swab to wipe the sensors and repeat the test.

Step 4: Check the hardware of the door

Examine all the hinges on the door. Lubricate them and double-check that everything is in place. Use a carburetor or brake cleaner to clean the tracks. Be careful when applying lubricant to the track because it may cause the door to slip and become imbalanced. Ensure that all door hinges and track hardware are securely fastened.

Step 5: Replace batteries and light bulbs

Make sure your garage door opener’s backup battery is operational and replace it with a new one if needed. Replace the batteries in your remote controls as well. Consult the manual to determine which type to get. Replace the light bulbs with one recommended by the manufacturer.

Step 6: 

Open the door halfway, then disengage and close it manually. With wrenches, loosen the nuts on the turnbuckle and crank it counter-clockwise until the slack is gone. The chain or belt should be at least 1/4 inches from the bottom of the rail. To engage the carriage to the turnbuckle, tighten the bolts and manually open the door.

Do not make any adjustments to the torsion spring 

There are some maintenance procedures that should only be done by professionals. Never adjust the torsion spring on your own, and do not touch any red bolt that is painted red (these can only be adjusted by a technician). You can find a list of recommended monthly testing in most manuals, so always consult your garage door manufacturer’s instructions for maintenance details. 

At Titan Garage Doors Lincoln NE, we offer services to ensure that your garage door is always in top condition, including garage door repair, garage door installation, and tune-up. We also provide free estimates on our garage doors Omaha services so you can get the best possible value for your money. We are a locally owned business serving the greater Omaha area and surrounding locations including Lincoln, Papillion and Bellevue, NE and Council Bluffs Iowa. Reach us at (402) 576-5771 for more details.